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Neutral Spine Fun For Kids and Adults

As kids become pre-teens, the slight normal inward curve of the lower spine often increases too much. Large degree of hyper-lordosis (swayback) is often written in medical textbooks as normal development, however, my physician colleagues who see patients at Children's hospitals report much back pain in these kids.

Teaching kids they don't have to ooze into any slouch that just happens, is part of regular training in manners, looking both ways before crossing the street, brushing teeth, and physical habits. Changing from overly-sagging inward at the lower spine to more neutral spine, stops much lower back pain in these populations.

Here is a charming, well-made video by reader James J., age 14, showing keeping stable in all planes and with a smile:



James' dad Paul J. says this is a fun reminder or a way to get kids interested in neutral spine. He wrote, "Plastic Man has a plastic shirt, so you won't be able to see the slight curve that is neutral lower spine. You can put a plastic man on your desk as a reminder."

Enjoy the video as a wonderful reader contribution, for a smile, and to keep going. The way to get strong enough for a plank or handstand or all you do, is to do them and keep good spirit.

Paul J was featured in the post:

Watch a short video of how to reduce a too-large curve to neutral:

If your computer doesn't easily load videos, here are photos with directions:

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Dr. Bookspan is an award-winning scientist whose goal is to make exercise easier and healthier.